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Zhang Luoping

E-mail: luoping@berkeley.edu

Dr. Luoping Zhang is an adjunct professor of toxicology in the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, USA. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, respectively, in Wuhan China, and her PhD from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. For the past 30 years, Dr. Zhang?s research has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of bone marrow toxicity and carcinogenesis caused by benzene and other toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, arsenic, and most recently glyphosate. Her research team?s investigations have mainly involved the detection of biomarkers associated with these chemical exposures in both molecular epidemiological and mechanistic studies. Dr. Zhang and her lab have investigated specific chromosomal aneuploidies and rearrangements in many of these studies, as well as in mature and progenitor human cells by a molecular cytogenetic method named FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization). To identify additional novel biomarkers and disease-related mechanisms associated with these chemical exposures, her team has developed and continues to employ many high-throughput technologies, such as advanced omic-based methodologies, next-generation sequencing (NGS), RNAi (RNA interference), and, CRISPR. Dr. Zhang has served as a member on various committees for the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies, the US EPA and IARC. She is a member of Carcinogen Identification Committee appointed by former California Governor Brown since 2012. Currently, Dr. Zhang is recognized as a 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellow and will be a guest lecturer at the University of Udine, Italy in Spring 2020. She is also active in studies of environmental pollution and health effects in China. Her solo-authored book on formaldehyde was published in 2018.

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